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Gurnard Cliffs, Cornwall

Nancy Bailey 1913 - 2012

English ( b.1913 - d.2012 )

Gurnard Cliffs, Cornwall

  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower right

Image size 19.7 inches x 35.4 inches ( 50cm x 90cm )
Frame size 25.6 inches x 41.5 inches ( 65cm x 105.5cm )

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Nancy Bailey was born in 1913 and started her working life at the age of 15. As a teenager she used her father’s camera to take photographs of West Country views, many of which were used to produce postcards, which sold throughout the country. This early talent demonstrated her knowledge and appreciation of light and composition that later enabled her to create the beautiful paintings for which she became internationally renowned. Her family moved frequently throughout the south west, before settling in Ireland where for thirteen years she produced high quality marquetry pictures, which sold all over the world.

Nancy only started painting seriously when she returned to Cornwall in her fifties. Her painting career, though started somewhat late, continued over forty years. Nancy worked with a palette knife and never used a brush. This gives her work its distinctive texture and captures the landscape and light. Nancy became acclaimed as one of the leading palette knife artists in the UK.

Although Nancy travelled widely, including a safari trip to South Africa with the acclaimed nature artist David Shepherd her best work is arguably of the coasts and rivers of the West Country, which she loved so much.

Nancy died in 2012, since when demand for her original works has increased.

Examples of Nancy’s work are in the National Collection.